The Congregation of St. Basil will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2021-22, and the local celebration will begin Nov. 21 with a 10 a.m. Mass in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great, which is located on the campus of St. John Fisher College.
St. John Fisher College was founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1948, and the congregation has had a presence at the college ever since, according to Father Kevin Mannara, CSB, director of campus ministry at the Pittsford college. The Basilian Fathers also have served at Aquinas Institute in Rochester and Christ the King Parish and later St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Irondequoit, Father Mannara said, noting that members of the congregation also serve throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and in Colombia.
The Nov. 21 Mass is the first in a series of local events that will commemorate the Basilian Fathers’ bicentennial. Future events will include historical displays on campus and the painting of a community mural with Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS, a well-known artist, writer and speaker.
Father Mannara will preside at the Nov. 21 Mass, and the homilist will be Basilian Father John Huber, Second Councilor of the Basilian Fathers. The public is invited to the Mass, but seating is limited and those interested in attending are asked to register online. The Catholic Courier will be livestreaming the Mass at youtube.com/catholiccourier and CatholicCourier.com.Tags: Monroe County East, Religious Orders